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Eclipse 1937

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Happy Solar Eclipse Day!! 
In honor of today's American Solar Eclipse of 2017, I thought I'd look around to see if there were any interesting eclipses around WWII.

Boy, did I strike gold!

Eighty years ago, in 1937, there took place the longest solar eclipse in over 1,200 years. Totality lasted seven minutes! The prime viewing location was a place called Canton Island, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Australia. The United States launched an expedition to photograph the eclipse and so did Britain which sparked a rivalry and led to tensions with Japan right before America's entry into WWII.

To read about the whole event, you can go to National Geographic's article here.

History is so fascinating. Who knew something as global as an eclipse could have such historical ramifications!

Where we are in Maryland, we were able to see around 87% totality. Pretty good! We did the whole experience with watching with our glasses, my son rigging up his camera to …

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 21 - Banana Boats

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This week's banana recipe for Banana Boats is a new concept to me, but apparently is familiar with other people! I found it in my Girl Scout camp cook book from 1946 called "Cooking Out-Of-Doors". It entails cutting open a banana, filling it with chocolate, raisins, and marshmallows, closing it back up, and then putting it in hot ashes to melt and get all gooey inside. Sounds like a much better version of S'mores to me!

(And I loathe S'mores. I may be the only one on this planet... Don't hate me.)

What a fun camping recipe, don't you think? I'm seriously going to try this one. One of the people that regularly makes these when they camp suggested putting nuts in it instead of raisins which I am totally on board for!



Sadly, Vintage Banana Tuesday is winding down! We have two weeks left, and then when September comes I'd like to start something else. I have really loved exploring vintage banana recipes this summer, and I hope you've enjoyed them…

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 20 - Ham Banana Rolls

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You thought I was done with the ham & banana combo, didn't you?

Well, I'm not! Mwahahahaha!

Apparently... from what I've heard from a source which shall remain anonymous, this recipe is shockingly, surprisingly good. I have a hard time believing it could be true... Especially when there's cheese sauce involved. Yes. It's true. Cheese Sauce.

Behold!!! Ham Banana Rolls!



This ad from Chiquita Banana, ca. December 1947 is floating around the internet. I tried to pinpoint where it came from, but had no luck. I did, however, find this same recipe in one of my banana cookbooks - Bananas...how to serve them, ca. 1941:

My son and I couldn't leave this alone, though. Something had to be done. 
We felt some graffiti was in order... 

Hahahaha! Oh my gosh. I love this so much.

Happy Vintage Banana Tuesday!

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 19 - Banana Cottage Pudding

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This week's recipe is a simple, homey-sounding recipe from my Royal Cook Book, ca. 1940.

You make a standard 1 egg cake, but then you slice bananas and put them on top of the batter before baking. You sprinkle with lemon juice and then bake it. Hmm! I wonder what the bananas would look like afterward. I haven't had the best of luck with bananas bared to the heat of the oven like with the Baked Ham & Bananas.... But this one might be different! I'd give it a try.



Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 18 - Banana Donuts

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Whoever thought of this recipe is a genius. Don't Banana Donuts just make the most sense ever?!

This recipe comes from my fun, new cookbook, "Bananas...how to serve them", ca. 1941. I'm seriously making these babies. I'd be crazy not to. Mmm.... banana donuts!


And remember those cute illustrations I mentioned? Take a look at this banana guy smoking a cigar. He's blowing smoke donuts! Get it? Eh, eh? haha! There are all kinds of corny things like this in this cookbook. I love it!

Modern Changes in Museums

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I've been thinking about museums lately and how they're changing and adapting to "keep up with the times", which is funny if you think about it, because they seek to preserve a past and to connect people to that past. I wanted to share a few blog posts/articles I've been hanging on to that have some great thoughts on historical sites and living history.

First up, my good friend Mairi, over at Magpie Tidings, wrote a fascinating post about the dilemma historical sites face when it has a long history - what time period do they focus on to portray? One of them? All of them? You can read about it here. I like how the museum I used to work for took on this problem - they made a 1836 village, and then on a different part of the property they built an 1886 section and they kept expanding from there. You can "transport" to different years, learning about the area through time. This doesn't completely solve the problem of older sites such as castles, like M…

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 17 - Banana Meat Loaf

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I am so excited to show you this new banana cookbook I acquired recently entitled Bananas...How to Serve Them, ca. 1941!

The illustrations are adorably amusing, and I'll show them in future posts. In addition, there are a ton of fabulous recipes, including today's very interesting recipe for Banana Meatloaf. I actually ran across a mention of it on another blog and knew I had to hunt down this cookbook just for this recipe alone.

So... are you brave enough to try this one? I'm still considering it. Once I make it for dinner, it's a commitment, you know? We have to eat it. 😨

Hmm... I imagine it actually might make the meatloaf quite moist.

Well, here's the recipe! Give it a go if you dare!



Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 16 - Banana Peanut Butter Mayonnaise

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I'm posting later than I wanted, but I actually tried this week's vintage banana recipe for Banana Peanut Butter Mayonnaise! It comes from my cookbook "This Way to the Banana Salad Bazaar", ca. late 1930s-early 1940s.

I bet you've already wrinkled your nose in distaste at the recipe, right? I mean, who in their right mind would eat a weird combination like that?!

Well... I would! I've mentioned before that I grew up eating peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches, so this recipe seemed totally reasonable to me. haha! I really think people today underestimate how flexible mayo is in recipes and this one is no exception.

This recipe is super easy. Mash the bananas, stir in the pb and the mayo. Done!

Yes, I agree it turned out to be a weird, unappetizing color.

But, in a sandwich it was pretty good! The banana flavor was mostly covered up by the peanut butter, but it did give the spread more body. The peanut butter was made creamy with a slight tang from the …

Author Highlight: P. G. Wodehouse

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It's been ages since I've done an author highlight! I've been thinking about P.G. Wodehouse lately and thought he'd be an excellent candidate. He's slightly more famous than some of the other obscure authors I'll highlight on here, but enough of my friends have said they've never heard of him or Jeeves & Wooster that I felt justified in highlighting this brilliant writer.
I admit that I didn't know much about the British author, Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (pronounced "Woodhouse") or his life. He was born in 1881 in England. Wodehouse's life was quiet in the beginning. After graduating from school, he worked in a bank, which he disliked, so he turned to writing in his spare time. His first book was published in 1902, and he went on to publish many more books and scripts. 
Later, during WII, his life became quite tumultuous, where because of some misunderstandings over some comedic radio broadcasts to America (who had yet to enter t…

Vintage Recipe: Strawberry Coffee Cake

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When we were in the throes of strawberry season, I turned to my vintage cookbooks for strawberry inspiration and came across this yummy one for Strawberry Coffee Cake. Coffee Cake is one of my favorites, but I've never had a strawberry variety! It turned out very delicious! Strawberries are always refreshing and this cake was no exception. I may have doubled the topping recipe because that's my favorite part... 😁

I forgot to write down which cookbook this came from, but it looks like it might be from one of my 1940s pamphlet cookbooks. Anyway, I do hope you'll try this one. It's tasty!


Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 15 - Cranberry and Banana Shortcakes

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We just got back from a fun and wonderful (but exhausting!) week-long vacation and I am ready to get back to some normalcy. I was able to post this week's recipe early on Instagram, so here it is on my blog!

Today's recipe sounds intriguing and yummy: Cranberry and Banana Shortcakes. This is another recipe from the fun Royal Cook Book, ca. 1940. I would give this one a fair try. What do you think?


Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 14 - South Sea Island Cake

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The very name alone for this 1940 recipe from the Royal Cook Book evokes such an iconic image, doesn't it?? I was looking for more banana recipes and opened up this cookbook pamphlet from the Royal Baking Powder Company to just see what it had to offer. I was surprised by how many recipes used bananas, so you'll be seeing more of these in the future. Hooray!

This recipe really caught my eye because of the exotic title and the use of banana and pineapple together. It's a no brainer to me.

And don't you think sprinkling the top of the cake with a bit of coconut would be divine? Yum! I'm going to have to try this one!








Daniel Boone Homestead, Pennsylvania

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It's been awhile since I've posted about a museum, let alone visited a museum, but for good reason. Our baby is six months old, and I'm finally getting the hang of taking him out for longer times. I'm hoping to make it to some museums soon, but in the mean time I have a museum to share with you that we visited last year but never got to post about.

I took my kids on a field trip to the Daniel Boone Homestead in August last year, 2016.  I have a personal family connection with Daniel Boone. Some of my ancestors on my mom's side traveled with him west to the Kentucky wilds to settle. They stayed there for a few generations before spreading out to Indiana and Illinois. Besides the homestead house, a cabin, and a barn, there is a really neat 18th century vertical water-powered sawmill on the property. From their website it says, "This water-powered, vertical-blade sawmill was built in Oley Township by Daniel Bertolet in the late-18th or early-19th century and was …

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 13 - Banana Coffee Cake

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This week's vintage banana recipe is a yummy-sounding one: Banana Coffee Cake!
I found it in The Working Girl's Own Cook Book, ca. 1950. I got this cookbook awhile ago, but haven't had a chance to peruse through it much. I was happy it gave me a banana recipe! I like the premise of the book, so I will definitely need to go through this one at a more leisurely pace instead of just flipping through the index at the back looking for code word "banana". haha!



Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 12 - Bananas Broiled in Bacon Strips

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I'm posting a bit late, though I did post it earlier on Instagram.
This week's vintage banana recipe is from my 1930 cookbook Bananas in the Modern Manner. It's for Bananas Broiled in Bacon Strips. It shows some promise, I think!